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MBACP

About me

How

Life is not a straightforward journey. At times it can feel like a downright struggle. Sometimes family and relationships can trigger deep-seated issues and grief that make it hard to cope. If things currently feel confusing for you, therapy is a safe confidential space that your feelings can be unpacked and explored to bring clarity to your life, relationships, and experiences.

By putting my own values and judgements aside, I aim to join you in confronting your problems and gain a deep understanding of your experiences and feelings. By using various theories and techniques during our work together I'll help you to resolve past trauma and current conflict that is causing you pain or keeping you back from where you want to be in life.

What to expect from a session:

The first few sessions will be an extended assessment period which will help me gauge your needs.  You will share some of your background and the issues which have prompted you to seek counselling. During these first sessions while I am learning more about you, you will also get a feel for me and how I work as a therapist.

I offer both short-term (under 6 months) and open ended therapy (some people decide to undertake therapy for years) and we will discuss which would best suit your needs during the initial assessment.

In further sessions, we will explore the issues that you feel are relevant and potentially holding you back from a more fulfilled life.

Each session lasts 50 mins and are usually held weekly.

We will regularly review our work together and explore whether you are getting what you need from the therapy.

I am also able to offer online counselling through a safe and secure video platform if this is your preference.

About me:

At the core of my way of working, I bring a deep trust in each person's potential to grow and flourish. I believe that everyone has the capacity for healing and growth given the right conditions and support, and this is exactly what I aim to provide. I work in a relational way, meaning I place a strong emphasis on the quality of connection we create together. My training background is Person Centre and Psychodynamically oriented, with further training in Group Analysis.  My approach is highly here-and-now focused and I will aim to help you grow an embodied awareness of your momentary experiences including our therapeutic connection.  I have experience working with people struggling through trauma, depression, anxiety and grief to name just a few. I currently work do a lot of work with mothers wanting to overcome their own difficult childhood experiences. I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and am committed to my own practitioner development, regularly attending specialist training courses, keeping myself up to date in best practices and theories of counselling. I am trained in online counselling and can offer this as an alternative if this better suits your needs.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Post Grad Cert at University of Oxford in Psychodynamic Counselling
  • Person Centred Counselling FdSc at University of Worcester
  • Foundation in Group Analysis through the Institute of Group Analysis (IGA)

I have direct experience working with a range of issues including depression, anxiety, complex trauma, grief, sexual issues, relationship difficulties, low self-esteem and anger management. Before starting my private practice, I worked in an occupational health setting helping staff to overcome difficulties holding them back both at home and in the workplace.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Fees

Additional information

Sessions are £85

I am occasionally able to offer concessionary rates which can be discussed during our first session.

When I work

Please contact me for my current availability.

Hereford, Herefordshire, HR1

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

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